CANBERRA - He's regarded as one of the top physical specimens in Australian sport, but when star Wallabies flanker David Pocock arrived at the Brumbies his body was "a bit of a mess" for rugby purposes, says head coach Stephen Larkham.
After seven seasons with the Western Force, Pocock completed just two Super Rugby games with the Brumbies in 2013 before suffering a serious knee injury against the Waratahs which ended his season.
While a knee injury can happen to anyone, Larkham says Pocock had been "strong in the wrong areas" — referring to the 25-year-old's colossal upper body strength that earned him the nickname Bam Bam among his team mates.
He said Pocock spent the past 11 months in the Brumbies' recovery unit not just rehabilitating his knee, but his entire core strength and lower body to become an even more effective No.7.
"When he got here to the Brumbies a couple of years ago his body was a bit of a mess."